Northwold lies in west Norfolk - approximately ten miles
south-west of Swaffham.
John Cowper Powys (1872-1963), the eldest of the Powys
brothers, used to spend his summer holidays with his
grand parents in the rectory at Northwold.
John Cowper Powys
landscape provided him with the setting for the start of
his famous novel A Glastonbury Romance (1932).
John Crow arrives at Brandon station in order to attend
the funeral of Canon William Crow (a thinly disguised
version of his grandfather) - who is rector at Northwold.
St. Andrew's Church,
The novel also contains a beautiful description of the
River Wissey - a chalk stream which flows out of Norfolk
and onto the fens where it eventually joins the the
Great Ouse. John rows down the Wissey (starting at
Foulden Bridge) with his cousin Mary and the couple
later get married in Glastonbury.